Film Reviews and Discussion.
Dir: Edgar Wright
Duration: 109 minutes
Gang on the run.
Pegg, Frost & Co unite for the third instalment in the proclaimed ‘Cornetto Trilogy’. However, is this more of a slushy mess than a satisfying delight?
Gary King (Simon Pegg) is a man on a mission. That mission is to reunite his old school chums to fulfil a challenge that they all failed over 20 years ago; to complete the 12 pint pub crawl in and around their old stomping ground of Newton Haven. Along the way, things go suitably awry, and we’re not talking a mixed-up beer order or a spilt pint.
Starting as a comedy drama before shifting into sci-fi territory, The World’s End’s two-tone melding of genres oozes shades of Rodriguez’s From Dusk Til Dawn (1996) and the series two predecessors, Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007), respectively. Unfortunately, with a laughter hit to miss ratio of a standard that would get any aspiring sharpshooter hanging their head in shame, this film suffers from not being funny enough. The horrific elements are not horrific enough, but the climax does offer some interesting insights into the human condition with comment on society’s salacious consumerism in all its forms.
An amiable romp, but not something that will linger that long in the memory. Charming all the same. If this is the end of the series and the trilogy does strictly mean trilogy, this one has proven to be an adequate rather than thrilling conclusion. Much like Gary’s assessment on his own life, these three films started by the promise of so much and what followed never quite matched it.
You can find the trailer for the World’s End here: